Len's New APS, 6.5WSM XP-100

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by Len Backus, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Here are the specs:

    • Smithed by Kirby Allen
    • XP-100 action
    • McMillan center grip stock reinforced by Kirby
    • Lilja 1-9, 18" stainless barrel, straight cylinder (1.25 inch)
    • APS custom brake to fit fat barrel
    • Matte finish barrel, brake
    • Trigger tuned to 1# pull
    • Near rail base, 5 hole converted to 8-40 screws
    • Nightforce NXS 3.5 to 15 rifle scope, NF rings
    • Weight with scope but w/o bipod is 11#

    This is my first handgun. I haven't shot it a lot so far and have only worked with one load of H-1000 and the Cauterucio 141 grain bullet. Yesterday in verifying ballistic drops, at 600 yds I had 4 shots into 3" vertical, at 500 I had 4 shots into 3" vertical, at 400 there were 3 shots into 1" vertical, at 300 there were 2 shots into 1/2" vertical.

    Next year I am going to get with Ernie, Steve, Mike and Dan and have them show me how to shoot it.
     

  2. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    Very nice Len. Looks like you'll be shooting more than just photo's with that :D
     

  3. Ernie

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    Beautiful Rig Len!
    Can you spot your own shots?
     
  4. NYLES

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    LUCKY DOG!

    3" at 600? WOW!!
     
  5. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks, guys.

    Ernie, I haven't tried to spot my own hits much so far. I tried just enough to know it will take some practice. And I have so much to learn about just shooting a hand gun that I didn't want to use my short time available for that. I leave this Thursday for Montana.

    The recoil is to the rear and to the left side. It's the sideways movement that will be the challenge in spotting hits.

    I will say, though, that I am quickly getting comfortable with the gun. I like it a lot! I am now officially a Specialty Handgun nut. :cool:
     
  6. TCKev

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    Very Nice Len!!!

    Kirby did a nice job. Maybe down the road I can do a small bore XP. Is that Farrel rings on your scope?
     
  7. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    Len,

    That's one fine looking rig, definately a stout barrel on that thing.

    Have you by any chance run any rounds over a chrony yet? Kinda curious how much more oompf you get out of the 6.5 wsm versus the 6.5 wssm I'm shooting.

    Chris
     
  8. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    THe rings are Nightforce. And I don't know the velocity.
     
  9. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

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    Very nice looking rig Len. Glad to see someone else has come over the SP side.
    Have fun and good luck hunting.
    Mike
     
  10. Ernie

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    Len glad to see another self-professed SP nut that is also a long-range nut:D
     
  11. Buffalobob

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    At 11# I imagine that the recoil is not too bad.
    Next time you need advice on a stock color let me know, I can think of something besides basic black.
     
  12. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    BB, Are you kidding me??? Black is the coolest color made! :cool:
     
  13. NYLES

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    Balck is not a color it is a shade! but it is Sexy!

    BB,
    You still up on that mountain with Roy? correct me if im wrong I may have some of you confused.
     
  14. hshunter

    hshunter Well-Known Member

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    Now that is one fine lookin firearm!!! What reticle are you using with the nightforce?
    the recoil is back and to the left, are you getting full field of view? how close is the scope coming to you at recoil?
    trying to talk my self into using the rifle scopes instead of the 3x12's burris.
    again nice gun
    nmhunter